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Sunday, July 31st, 2011

by Arutz Sheva Staff

A Syrian Major-General has deserted Assad’s army along with a group of other officers and joined the rebels.

In an Arabic video clip posted on Youtube on July 29, 2011, the officer, Major-General Riad El As’ad is seen in the company of other officers, announcing the establishment of the “Free Syrian Army whose main goal will be to fight the army of oppression headed by President Bashar Assad”.

As’ad accused the Assad regime of crimes against the Syrian people and called on the officers and soldiers in the Syrian army not to aim their weapons at the people. He further called on them to join the Free Syrian Army.

The major-general warned that the Free Army will eliminate any soldier who acts to harm his own people. The present army commanders do not represent the army, he continued, they are acting for the criminal gang that controls the media and prevents the people from obtaining truthful information on what is happening.

In recent weeks, a large number of officers and soldiers have deserted the regular Syrian army. In one instance, there was a mutiny and at least ten of the soldiers participating were shot and killed. Assad continues to control the country, but the violent protest against him goes on and has even reached the outskirts of Damascus. Tension is high between the Alawites, the minority Shite sect to which Assad belongs that controls the country, and the majority Sunni sect which is 70% of the Syrian population.

The former Vice President of Syria, Abd Al-Halim Khaddam, Assad’s bitter enemy, speaking from France, opined that Assad will fall only if the army disintegrates. That disintegration may have begun.


Sunday, July 31st, 2011

by Ryan Jones (Israel Today News)

Tens, and perhaps hundreds of thousands of Egyptians poured into Cairo’s now-famed Tahrir Square on Friday to demand their nation become subject to Sharia Law and form the cornerstone for a new Islamic caliphate.

The unplanned demonstration erupted following Friday prayers at mosques around the Egyptian capital.

The demonstrators, who were led by the increasingly powerful Muslim Brotherhood, demanded that Egypt’s interim military regime give way to an intolerant Islamic dictatorship.

Various news media reported the demonstrators shouting and holding up signs reading: “Egypt will return to Sharia Law!”, “Liberals and secularists are the enemies of Allah!”, and “The solution is Islam!”

When Egyptians ousted former dictator Hosni Mubarak in February, the international media made much of how conservative Muslims, Coptic Christians and Egyptian secularists worked together for the common goal of democratic freedom.

The prevailing assumption was that Egypt would serve as a model of how a diverse, but tolerant Middle East society could throw off the shackles of dictatorial oppression and build something better.

But Egyptian commentators are now saying that what is happening in their country more closely resembles the Iranian revolution.

In 1979, a broad coalition of Iranians overthrew the dictatorial regime of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. The Shah was briefly replaced by a secular, democratic government. But Islamists quickly hijacked the revolution, and Iran today is ruled by a religious council and is subject to the strictest interpretation of Sharia Law.

What is happening in Egypt now “is a lot like Iran, and it’s only going to get worse,” Saeed Rahnema, a pro-democracy demonstrator in Iran in the late 1970s and now a professor at York University in Toronto, told Canada’s The Globe and Mail.

Egypt’s one hope at this point is that the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamist movement currently lacks a charismatic leader like the Iranians had in Ayatollah Khomeini.

But such a figure can rise quickly in this region. And even if he does not, the fear that the Islamists are sowing in their fellow Egyptians is all but guaranteeing that even a democratically elected Egyptian government will be dominated by Muslim fundamentalists.

Meanwhile, tensions between Israel and post-revolution Egypt are again rising after Muslim gunmen bombed the Sinai natural gas pipeline on Saturday, the fifth such attack since Mubarak’s ouster.

The pipeline had already been turned off while work was being done to repair damage from the previous bombing earlier in the month. Israel receives about 40 percent of its natural gas from that pipeline, and having it out of order is setting the stage for an energy cost crisis in the Jewish state.

The latest pipeline attack has reignited the debate over whether or not Israel should continue to purchase natural gas from Egypt, considering that the Jewish state has recently discovered its own massive reserves.

Israel buys natural gas from Egypt as part of the Camp David Accords that brought peace between the two nations. But Israeli energy experts say it can no longer be seen as a reliable source of energy.

Israel’s own offshore gas reserves are actually larger than Egypt’s, and could easily supply the nation’s needs. But making such a switch is certain to put the kind of economic pressure on Egypt that could lead to an outbreak of hostilities.


Saturday, July 30th, 2011

by Elad Benari (Arutz Sheva News)

After PA officers raid his home, Mohammed Dahlan attacks Abbas in Kuwaiti newspaper.

Former Fatah Central Committee member Mohammed Dahlan slammed Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, saying that he is a dictator and a bully.

Voice of Israel radio presented Dahlan’s remarks which he made to a Kuwaiti-based newspaper. According to the report, Dahlan said that Abbas is “trying to establish a dictatorship in a period of post-dictatorships. Those who cannot bend the law according to their liking turn to methods of bullying.”

Dahlan made the comments in the wake of Thursday’s raid by the PA on his Ramallah home.

During the raid, armed police locked Dahlan in a room and confiscated computers, 16 weapons and 12 of his and his bodyguards’ vehicles, including two bullet-proof cars.

Dahlan was the ruling kingpin in Gaza until Hamas overthrew the Fatah faction in a terrorist militia war four years ago. He has built a personal political and financial empire that Abbas sees as threatening to his power.

Dahlan has been banned from Fatah and has even been accused by PA officials of sending Israeli arms to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

A rabid hater of Israel, Dahlan has had his diplomatic privileges revoked by Israel.

He had been living in Damascus and took the chance of coming back to PA-controlled areas one week ago. He has been charged with using government coffers and with bribery and murder to boost his own personal army and fortunes. His trial began behind closed doors this week.


Friday, July 29th, 2011

by Ryan Jones (Israel Today News)

There are two pillars that continue to hold aloft terrorist activity as an attractive proposition for Palestinian Arabs, and to keep the practice of murdering Jews far more of a mainstream affair than a fringe phenomenon.

The first is the cultural glorification of those Palestinians who have murdered Jews, or who have died trying. This is especially prevalent among Palestinian children, who are used to having their schools, soccer teams and summer camps named after such “heroes.”

The second is the knowledge that if one survives carrying out a terrorist attack, there will be few, if any, serious consequences, and many rewards. The most obvious reward is that the killer or would-be killer will be hailed as a champion of his or her people. Perhaps even more compelling, at least for some, is that the terrorist and his or her family will suddenly come into what amounts to a financial windfall in this region.

The maintainence of these two pillars, and therefore of the Palestinian terrorism industry, is made possible in large part by American taxpayers.

On Tuesday, Itamar Marcus of Palestinian Media Watch explained to US congressional leaders how financial aid from America, Israel’s greatest ally, is being cynically used to encourage the slaughter of Israeli Jews.

Marcus first outlined what most should know by now – that the Palestinian Authority spends a huge amount of money honoring terrorists in the most public fashion. But he also highlighted for the lawmakers a fact that most media outlets choose to ignore – that the Palestinian Authority pays a generous monthly salary to nearly all of the Palestinian terrorists sitting in Israeli jails, and provides many of their families with financial support.

All of these activities – the glorification of terror and the financial backing of the terrorists themselves – are funded by the PA’s general budget.

And all of this costs a lot of money, especially paying the salaries of terrorist prisoners, which comes to $5.2 million EVERY MONTH.

As such, these expenses are heavily dependent on incoming foreign aid.

The Palestinian Authority receives roughly $1.5 billion in foreign aid every year. The US contributes about $200-$300 million in direct budget assistance, and another $400 million in various other forms of assistance and investment.

Marcus reminded his congressional hosts that it is a violation of US federal law to provide financial assistance to a terrorist or terror-supporting entity.

But Marcus was largely preaching to the choir.

A week earlier, congressional leaders had put forward a bill that would end US financial aid to Pakistan, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen and the Palestinian Authority unless they met a list of stringent requirements.

In the case of Lebanon, Congress insists that the terrorist militia Hizballah cannot hold positions of political power. Hizballah currently dominates the Lebanese cabinet.

As far as the Palestinians are concerned, Congress wants them to immediately cease all of the nefarious activities Marcus outlined.

Fully aware that these nations are never going to meet these conditions – in other words, are never going to stop supporting terrorism – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lashed out at Congress.

The new bill “would be debilitating to my efforts to carry out a considered foreign policy and diplomacy, and to use foreign assistance strategically to that end,” Clinton wrote in a letter to congressional leaders.

Years ago, when she was a humble senator from New York, Clinton stood beside Marcus as he presented a worrying analysis of the anti-Jewish Palestinian school curriculum. Clinton staunchly supported Marcus and demanded reform in the Palestinian education system.

It would seem she no longer holds to those convictions.


Thursday, July 28th, 2011


The Bible is an “ancient holy book” that is irrelevant to the Palestinian Authority’s aim to take over all of Judea and Samaria from the Jews, a PA activist said in a rare debate last week with a “settler” in a Washington synagogue.

The Bible is full of “medieval” traditions that should not be considered or influence decisions on whether or not to create the Palestinian Authority as an independent state within Israel’s borders, Dr. Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, said in the debate with David Ha’Ivri, director of the Shomron (Samaria) Liaison Office.

His comment is at odds with Palestinian Authority Muslim clerics who claim that Jews have “stolen” the Temple Mount, Rachel’s Tomb and other holy Jewish sites, which they say have no connection with Jews. The clerics have argued the sites’ alleged connections with Islam, a religion which did not exist in Biblical times and which was not founded until centuries after the Holy Temples were built and approximately 2,000 years after the matriarch Rachel died. The Koran has many excerpts from the Bible.

Ibish’s comments were in answer to Ha’Ivri’s statement that Jerusalem is mentioned over 800 times in the Bible and not at all in the Koran and that most of the Biblical narrative relates to events in Judea and Samaria.

The live debate on the subject “Palestinian State or Jewish Homeland?” came less than two months before the Arab League is expected to ask the United Nations to recognize “Palestine” as an independent country based on the Arab world’s territorial and political demands, which deny recognizing Israel as a “Jewish” state.

Ibish, born in Lebanon and a self-described agnostic, has campaigned on American campuses as executive director of the American Task Force for Palestine. He co-authored an article in the Huffington Post last week claiming that the United Nations “Council failed to implement Resolution 181,” recommending the partition of Palestine into two separate states, one Jewish and one Arab.

According to Ibish’s account of history, the declaration of the re-establishment of Israel led to the “the intervention by five Arab armies in what was already a raging communal civil war in Palestine.

By all accounts, Arab forces waged war against Jews in Israel well before the United Nations Partition Plan and immediately attacked Jews afterwards.

Ibish’s article also avoided all mention of Arab terror when he described the “peace efforts” from the Oslo Accords in 1993 to the American Roadmap plan in 2003.


Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

by Elad Benari (Arutz Sheva News)

Hizbullah leader Hasan Nasrallah warned Israel on Tuesday against any attempt to encroach on Lebanon’s territorial waters, The Beirut Daily Star reported.

In a video speech he gave as part of a rally marking the fifth anniversary of the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Nasrallah stressed that his group was better equipped and ready to confront any act of aggression by Israel than at any time before.

“Whoever harms our future oil facilities has their own [facilities] and consequently will face the same damage,” Nasrallah warned, adding, “They know that Lebanon is capable of such damage.”

He added, “As long as Lebanon considers [the disputed area] the 850 square kilometer zone as part of its territorial waters, then the resistance considers it Lebanese and therefore it is no longer disputed but an area that is encroached upon.

“Lebanon has a diplomatic opportunity to gain it back through demarcating its maritime borders and we warn Israel not to attempt to steal this area or Lebanon’s resources from its territorial waters … It is necessary to warn Israel,” Nasrallah said.

Israel and Lebanon have been at odds over a disputed maritime border between the two countries. The Israeli Cabinet recently approved a “marine economic zone proposal” after Lebanon presented maps to the United Nations, marking maritime borders that would include part of the giant Leviathan and Tamar fields. The United Nations previously has refused to take responsibility for marking the maritime borders.

Israeli firms discovered the two gas fields, which also are believed to hold large commercially viable oil deposits, two years ago. Lebanon later claimed the discoveries are in its territory, and it recently has announced that a Norwegian company will start a seismic research offshore.

Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water Joubran Bassil said after Israel defined the maritime border that it “is playing with fire “by violating Lebanon’s maritime border and oil rights.”

He added, “Obviously we will prevent any violation. However, in case of violations, Israel will not be the only damaged part, but also large companies that cooperate with it. We, in Lebanon, respect the rights of others, and we don’t want to violate the rights of others, but at the same time, we do not want someone to attack us. Lebanon will not give up its rights or its borders.”

Nasrallah for his part urged Lebanese politicians in his speech to act responsibly and seriously in order to take full advantage of the country’s offshore oil and gas wealth. He then warned Israel that Hizbullah is ready to deal with any “aggression” on its part.

“I tell [our enemies and friends] that the resistance in Lebanon in terms of its intelligence, unity, courage, manpower and material resources is stronger and better than any other time since its establishment,” Nasrallah said. “As I have always promised you victory [in the past], I promise you again that victory will be achieved.”


Tuesday, July 26th, 2011


73% of 1,010 Palestinians in W. Bank, Gaza agree with ‘hadith’ quoted in Hamas Charter about the need to kill Jews hiding behind stones, trees.

Only one in three Palestinians (34 percent) accepts two states for two peoples as the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to an intensive, face-to-face survey in Arabic of 1,010 Palestinian adults in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip completed this week by American pollster Stanley Greenberg.

The poll, which has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, was conducted in partnership with the Beit Sahour-based Palestinian Center for Public Opinion and sponsored by the Israel Project, an international nonprofit organization that provides journalists and leaders with information about the Middle East.

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The Israel Project is trying to reach out to the Arab world to promote “people-to-people peace.” The poll appears to indicate that the organization has a difficult task ahead.

Respondents were asked about US President Barack Obama’s statement that “there should be two states: Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people and Israel as the homeland for the Jewish people.”

Just 34% said they accepted that concept, while 61% rejected it.

Sixty-six percent said the Palestinians’ real goal should be to start with a two-state solution but then move to it all being one Palestinian state.

Asked about the fate of Jerusalem, 92% said it should be the capital of Palestine, 1% said the capital of Israel, 3% the capital of both, and 4% a neutral international city.

Seventy-two percent backed denying the thousands of years of Jewish history in Jerusalem, 62% supported kidnapping IDF soldiers and holding them hostage, and 53% were in favor or teaching songs about hating Jews in Palestinian schools.

When given a quote from the Hamas Charter about the need for battalions from the Arab and Islamic world to defeat the Jews, 80% agreed. Seventy-three percent agreed with a quote from the charter (and a hadith, or tradition ascribed to the prophet Muhammad) about the need to kill Jews hiding behind stones and trees.

But only 45% said they believed in the charter’s statement that the only solution to the Palestinian problem was jihad.

The survey’s more positive findings included that only 22% supported firing rockets at Israeli cities and citizens and that two-thirds preferred diplomatic engagement over violent “resistance.”

Among Palestinians in general 65% preferred talks and 20% violence. In the West Bank it was 69-28%, and in Gaza, 59- 32%.

Asked whether they backed seeking a Palestinian state unilaterally in the UN, 64% said yes. The number was 57% in the West Bank and 79% in Gaza. Thirty-seven percent said the UN action would bring a Palestinian state closer, 16% said it would set back the establishment of a state, and 44% said it would make no difference.

When asked what Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s top priorities should be, 83% said creating jobs. Just 4% said getting the UN to recognize a Palestinian state, and only 2% said peace talks with Israel.

Israel Project president Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi said she was encouraged that the Arab Spring would bring more accuracy to Arab media and by the 59% of Palestinians who are on Facebook. The Israel Project has 80,723 friends for its Arabic site, which has had 9.5 million page views in two months.

“Some of the numbers in the poll are discouraging, but we are trying to change them,” she said at a Jerusalem press conference in which Greenberg presented the findings.

Greenberg said the survey proved that there was a big need for public education and leadership on the Palestinian side.

Greenberg and Laszlo Mizrahi have presented the findings to President Shimon Peres, opposition leader Tzipi Livni, Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s senior adviser, Ron Dermer.

Next week, they have meetings scheduled in the White House and the Pentagon.

Israeli leaders told Greenberg and Laszlo Mizrahi they were encouraged by Palestinian support for talks.


Tuesday, July 26th, 2011


Sectarian mayhem, growing protest movement, faltering economy, yet no sign that the regime is considering relinquishing its power.

LONDON – The popular upheaval in Syria is growing bolder and the cracks in the establishment are getting deeper, yet there is a long and bloody road ahead if protesters are to unseat President Bashar Assad and end his family’s 40 years in power.

The price of stalemate is rising daily: sectarian mayhem, a growing protest movement and a faltering economy, with no sign that Bashar and his minority Alawite clan are considering an exit strategy after four decades in power.

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Yet so far, there is no sign of a tipping point that would assure success for protesters, as in Tunisia and Egypt, where millions took to the streets to topple autocratic leaders.

“The situation has not reached a critical mass,” said Patrick Seale, biographer of Bashar’s father, Hafez Assad.

“Damascus hasn’t risen, the security services haven’t split yet, the economy hasn’t collapsed. The regime looks weak and the opposition looks weaker,” he said.

Sectarian killings in the city of Homs this month may be a foretaste for a country with an ethnic and religious mix and a long history of repression by the Alawite-led security forces.

The Alawite sect, an off-shoot of Shi’ite Islam, is a minority in Syria, which has a Sunni Muslim majority, as well as smaller numbers of Druze, Christians and non-Arab Kurds.

A group of Alawite men, including four security men, went missing on July 14. The bodies of four of them were found killed. Some Alawites from their neighborhood in Homs took to the streets, torched and destroyed shops belonging to Sunnis.

The danger of sectarian strife is real, analysts say. It might even appeal to the authorities, and some of their opponents, as a way to break the deadlock. But it carries high risks for the Assad dynasty, as well as the opposition.

“This is a dangerous strategy for a regime trying to survive,” said Eugene Rogan, director of the Middle East Centre at Oxford University. “You watch your army disintegrate if sectarianism becomes an issue.”

Analysts say the Homs killings were provoked by a ferocious security clampdown, including the arrest, disappearance and torture to death of hundreds of men. Islamists, long persecuted by the security forces, have their own axe to grind.

“The security solution hasn’t worked. The regime has decided to go for civil strife because it senses that it is losing. The protests are spilling over and spreading to the capital,” said a Damascus-based Arab journalist who declined to be named.

Alawite villagers say authorities have been arming young men to fight the insurgency. Mutilated bodies of some Shabbiha men, handed over by security forces to their families for burial, served to incite sectarian hatred in those villages.

Sectarian paranoia is evident, with Assad trusting only two elite units commanded by his brother Maher, the 4th Armoured Division and the Republican Guard, as well as secret police and Alawite militia, known as Shabbiha, to deal with dissent.

“The coherence (of the security forces) is already in question. Sectarianism is already a problem, the loyalty of other units cannot be counted on,” Rogan said.

While the authorities blame the upheaval on a “bunch of Islamists”, the reality appears more complex.

Some Syria-watchers say the protest movement is driven mainly by youths and includes rural Sunni tribes, nationalists, leftists, secularists and also Islamists, united in their goal of overthrowing an autocratic and corrupt government.

Geographically, the protests have spread since March to many rural and tribal regions, cities such as Hama and Homs, and even to Damascus, although not on a huge scale in the capital.

Security forces and Shabbiha militiamen, armed with metal bars, are everywhere. The army has deployed tanks around the main cities to keep out protesters from the countryside.

“The savagery of the regime has increased 180 degrees. The hostility against it has massively increased too among ordinary people, not just protesters. There are wide-scale arrests in all areas, in cities and villages,” the Syrian journalist said.


Monday, July 25th, 2011


Fortunately, the economic crisis in the United States has not produced a rise in anti-Semitism, as did crises in the 1890s and 1930s. There are two good reasons for that.

The less important reason is that the causes of the collapse are no secret; it was caused by the deregulation policies of the second Bush administration, and particularly of the home mortgage sector (and polls show that the public understands that). More important, the United States has in recent years been relatively free of anti-Semitism, except on the far fringes of the left and right. European-style conspiracy theorists who harangue about a mysterious cabal of Jews who control the world have not gotten much traction here.

At least they didn’t until Glenn Beck.

Beck, the former Fox News personality, has devised a three-point strategy that enables him to widely disseminate the old “blame the Jews” memo without being dismissed as an anti-Semitic crackpot.

The first part of the strategy is never to blame the Jews as Jews. Beck focuses on individual Jews, one after another, as the source of America’s misfortunes but carefully avoids references to Jews as a group.

The second is that when he does discuss “the Jews” per se, he emphasizes that he himself isn’t blaming them for anything but that unnamed others do. He is just offering a friendly warning to Jews to watch their backs.

The third is that he loudly professes his “love for Israel” which, to the gullible, means that he could not possibly be anti-Semitic. (Jewish neoconservatives, in particular, tend to court the friendship of anyone who claims the mantle of “pro-Israel,” no matter what that person thinks about Jews.)

But many Jews, and others familiar with anti-Semitic tropes and themes, see right through Beck’s carefully constructed edifice of innocence. Writer Michelle Goldberg explained Beck’s tactics in a blockbuster article in the Daily Beast in which she wrote that Beck’s repeated references to Jews constitute “a symphony of anti-Semitic dog-whistles.”

According to Goldberg, receptive ears will understand who he is describing when he talks about a liberal elite which runs a “shadow government” that, in Goldberg’s words, “manipulates regimes and currencies for its own enrichment.” When he says that groups are simultaneously bankers and Marxists, and says they have made President Obama “their puppet,” his audience will know what he means.

Late last month, Glenn Beck lost his daily gig on Fox News. His ratings were sliding and his advertisers fled once they were apprised of the rancid ideas they were underwriting. Details of Beck’s new internet video venture aren’t yet clear, but he has already announced that he will kick off Beck II at a massive rally in Jerusalem on August 24th.

On Monday, Beck began his advance work for the rally with a visit to the Knesset, where he was hosted by a far-right parliamentarian and mobbed by a crowd of settlers and other right-wing activists. (It is worth noting that Beck exchanged friendly greetings with Baruch Marzel, the former head of Kahane Chai, an outfit on the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations and a man well known for his involvement in inciting violence.) Beck put out his usual claptrap, likening himself to great biblical figures while demonstrating his profound ignorance of Jews.

Perhaps Beck’s most offensive moment in a day of egregious offensiveness was what some would characterize as a threat against American Jews.

After telling his audience at a Knesset committee that anti-Semitism is “going through the roof” in the United States, he declared that “the United States has an economic problem and the Jews will be blamed.” Note the passive tense. Beck won’t blame the Jews, but they “will be blamed.”

It is not hard to discern what Beck is really saying when one looks back at his attacks on Jews over the past few years. Back in January, Atlantic columnist Jeff Goldberg wrote about Beck’s “Jewish problem.” Goldberg, like any writer on Beck and the Jews, had too much evidence to work with so he decided to go with just one example. He wrote: “This is not…a post about Beck’s singular obsession with George Soros. … This is a post about Beck’s recent naming of nine people — eight of them Jews — as enemies of America and humanity. He calls these people prime contributors to the — wait for it — “era of the big lie.”

The particular Beck installment to which Goldberg alluded revealed as much about Beck’s attitudes toward Jews as anything he has ever said publicly. He listed the nine people — an “intelligent minority” — who infected the 20th century with the view that the masses are “animals” who can be controlled through propaganda. According to Media Matters, Beck named AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, as well as: Propagandist and ad man Edward Bernays, who revolutionized 20th century public relations. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, who was Bernays’ uncle and influenced his method. George Soros, who Beck claimed shared Freud and Bernays’ philosophy that people are “animals” who can be “experimented with.”
Cass Sunstein, who Beck insisted “is Edward Bernays” and has called “the most dangerous man in America.” Former SEIU president Andy Stern, who Beck said is part of a self-proclaimed “intelligent minority” of powerful men trying to manipulate the “bewildered herd” of America. Walter Lippman, a prominent columnist of the mid-20th century, who Beck accused of viewing government “as a way to control people.” Frances Fox Piven, professor at CUNY, who Beck accused of “sowing the seeds” of revolution. Ed Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania, who Beck said thinks of himself as “one of the elites that are there to guide the herd.”

Of the nine, Trumka is the only non-Jew; the other eight are Jews. Other than their ethnic backgrounds, the Beck 8 have little in common. Ed Rendell and Sigmund Freud? Andy Stern and Walter Lippmann?

How can anyone, other than someone with a real hang-up about Jews, produce a list of the people who epitomize the “era of the big lie” and come up with this list of American Jewish writers, college professors, labor leaders and a governor of Pennsylvania! I mean, think of the some of the 20th century’s monstrously criminal liars…

The people and government of Israel need to understand what Glenn Beck is trying to do. He is using them as a disinfectant to cleanse him of the stink of anti-Semitism, racism, and proto-fascism. Without Israel, Beck is just another right-wing bigot and crackpot. But with it, he becomes almost legitimate and so does the dangerous and ugly portrayal of Jews that has become his trademark.

Beck is treif (unkosher). His very presence defiles.


Friday, July 22nd, 2011

by Fern Sidman

Elliott Chodoff, an American born political and military analyst and an IDF reserve major, spoke at the “Middle East Briefing” session of the sixth CUFI national summit in Washington this week.

Citing Israeli military intelligence, Chodoff was quite forthright in his analysis of a possible attack by Iran. “Israel cannot survive a nuclear attack. You cannot trust a nuclear deterrent. Israel cannot wipe out Iran’s nuclear arsenal but the US can.” Chodoff added that the Iranian regime has been developing bombs that have the capability of hitting US cities on the East coast.

He delivered an account of the history of radical Islamism, saying, “The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 and its leader imbibed the Nazi ideology that focused on the extermination of the Jews.” Noting that Iranian cleric Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran who came to power during the Islamic revolution of 1979 was active in disseminating the Muslim Brotherhood ideology to school children, he said that it was Khomeini who was the first to label America as “the great Satan” and referred to Christians as the enemies while declaring that America is run by Jews.

American perception of Khomeini was skewed according to Mr. Chodoff, who revealed that at the time, the US representative at the United Nations Andrew Young said that Khomeini was “a great humanitarian” and dismissed his flagrant hostility. He added that Hizbullah (the party of G-d) that was founded in 1980 is currently “the most dangerous organization on earth” and is responsible for developing the terrorist strategy of suicide bombings with most of them directed at American targets. Chodoff said that it was weakness on the part of the US as manifested by their decision to leave Lebanon in the throes of terrorism that emboldened the enemy. “When Hizbullah saw that Americans were taking leave of Lebanon they knew they could push us out,” he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the session via satellite from Jerusalem. Greeted with over 10 minutes of applause and enthusiastic cheers, Mr. Netanyahu extended his appreciation to those Christian supporters of Israel who have the “courage to stand up and speak the truth.”

Drawing the largest applause was Netanyahu’s reference to the biblical connection of the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland. “The Jewish people are not occupiers in the land of Israel. We have returned to the land of our forebears; of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and Solomon and we are here to stay.” Speaking of Israel as America’s only reliable ally in the Middle East, Netanyahu underscored Israel’s initiatives at the peace table. “This conflict is not about Israel refusing to accept a Palestinian state. Israel wants peace with the Palestinians, but we can’t build a peace based on lies.”

Colonel Ben Tzion Gruber of the Israel Defense Forces took the audience through a video and slide presentation that described how the IDF takes great pains to avoid civilian casualties during military strikes and during wartime. He said that the nomenclature of the code of ethics can be divided into three categories. “Necessity,” he said, means that force is only employed for accomplishing the mission, and “Distinction” means that every measure is taken so that innocents will not be harmed, and “Proportionality” means that collateral damage is only used in proportion to the threat.

Also addressing the session was Malcolm Hoenlein, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations who said, “We have begun a three week period of mourning for the Jewish people as we remember the destruction of our Holy Temple and other calamities that befell us throughout history.” He asked his biblically well-versed audience: “If I would ask you to provide the names of those spies who returned from the land of Israel with a negative report, would you remember their names? The answer is no because those who stand with Israel are remembered for posterity and those who decry Israel are forgotten.”

On the international campaign to abrogate the biblical and religious heritage of the Jewish people in the land of Israel, Mr. Hoenlein said, “Those who would dismiss our past also risk our future. For example, there are those who question Judaism’s undeniable ties with Rachel’s Tomb and thus would like to transform it into a mosque. There are those who say that our Temples never existed. Our bible tells us that Abraham purchased the city of Hevron, in broad daylight, in full view of all, because he knew that in the future its ownership would be challenged. Today there are regular archeological discoveries which serve as concrete proof of the fact that when you open your bibles, the land of Israel comes to life. We must ask ourselves: why did G-d give this generation the privilege of uncovering this Jewish connection. What does it mean for us in the future?”

Mr. Hoenlein concluded by telling the members of CUFI that when they stand for Israel, they stand for America and will be thanked by their grandchildren for doing so.

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